DDA and STEM @ UNT: What we have learned

DDA and STEM @ UNT: What we have learned

Date: July 2012
Creator: Harker, Karen
Description: This presentation discusses Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of North Texas (UNT). For the Texas STEM Librarians' Conference, the author will present data and information about the pilot program, and how the Discovery Collection and the purchased titles are distributed, particularly regarding the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Aerospace and Defense Industries Online Recruiting of College and University Graduates: Strategies Toward Defining a Comprehensive Informational Benchmark

Aerospace and Defense Industries Online Recruiting of College and University Graduates: Strategies Toward Defining a Comprehensive Informational Benchmark

Date: August 2011
Creator: Holland, Marcia Annette
Description: This qualitative, inductive study analyzed online recruiting information posted at the websites of five major aerospace and defense corporations to recruit college juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Recruitment of this group is critical to staff the personnel for the scientific, technical, and management needs of aerospace and defense industries. The study sought: (1) to determine the use of multiple recruitment factors inferred from the literature and recommended for successful recruitment of college graduates, (2) to determine use of online social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to recruit this population, and (3) to explore commonalities among these corporations regarding online recruiting information to determine if a model for online recruitment now exists. A matrix of recruitment factors was developed from a review of the literature on the personnel needs of this industry and on effective recruiting factors for this group. Content analysis involved filtering information at each website with the matrix. Conclusions of this study include: (1) the matrix of recruitment factors and the rating scale developed for the purposes of this study provide a tool for researching, documenting, and comparing recruitment information on the internet; (2) that while these corporations represent the latest applications in technology in their manufacturing processes and ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Transformational Paradigm for Engineering and Engineering Technology Education

Transformational Paradigm for Engineering and Engineering Technology Education

Date: November 2008
Creator: Barbieri, Enrique & Fitzgibbon, William
Description: This paper discusses a transformational paradigm for engineering and engineering technology education at the baccalaureate level.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Engineering
Robocamp: Encouraging Young Women to Embrace STEM

Robocamp: Encouraging Young Women to Embrace STEM

Date: February 2009
Creator: Akl, Robert G.; Keathly, David & Garlick, Ryan
Description: This presentation discusses Robocamp, a special summer camp that was created by the University of North Texas (UNT) Computer Science and Engineering department. Robocamp successfully promotes engineering among high school women.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Engineering
Recommended Library Contributions to STEM Retention Based on an LIS Interpretation of the Landmark Study, Talking about Leaving: Why Students Leave the Sciences

Recommended Library Contributions to STEM Retention Based on an LIS Interpretation of the Landmark Study, Talking about Leaving: Why Students Leave the Sciences

Date: June 19, 2014
Creator: O'Toole, Erin
Description: Poster presentation for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section Program Poster Session. This poster discusses recommended library contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) retention based on a Library and Information Science (LIS) interpretation of a landmark study.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Robocamp: Encouraging Young Women to Embrace STEM

Robocamp: Encouraging Young Women to Embrace STEM

Date: February 2009
Creator: Akl, Robert G. & Keathly, David
Description: This paper describes the efforts and results of a plan for actively recruiting students to undergraduate computer science and engineering programs at the University of North Texas (UNT). Such recruitment of students is critical to the country's efforts to increase the number of engineering professionals, and is a priority for the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at UNT.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Engineering
New Frontiers in Digital Humanities and the Sciences

New Frontiers in Digital Humanities and the Sciences

Date: September 19, 2014
Creator: Iakovakis, Clarke; Mirza, Rafia; Asim, Sumreen & Ponners, Pamela
Description: Video recording of a presentation session at the 2014 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this session, presenters discuss new frontiers in digital humanities and the sciences.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Geek As a Constructed Identity and a Crucial Component of Stem Persistence

Geek As a Constructed Identity and a Crucial Component of Stem Persistence

Date: May 2014
Creator: Liggett, Joshua B.
Description: The fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have long been the bastions of the white male elite. Recently, academia has begun to recognize gender and ethnic disparities. In an effort to expand the recruitment pool for these STEM fields in college, various efforts have been employed nationally at the secondary level. In California, the latest of these efforts is referred to as Linked Learning, a pedagogy that combines college preparation with career preparation. The current study is investigating the connection between what has been referred to in current scholarship as "Geeking Out" with higher academic performance. The phenomenon of “Geeking Out” includes a variety of non-school related activities that range from participating in robotics competitions to a simple game of Dungeons & Dragons. The current project investigates the relationship between long term success in STEM fields and current informal behaviors of secondary students. This particular circumstance where Linked Learning happens to combine with "Geeking Out" is successful due to the associated inclusionary environment. Methods included a yearlong ethnographic study of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology, a Central Valley school with a diverse student body. Through participant observation and interviews, the main goal of this research is ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
STEM Education and America's Future

STEM Education and America's Future

Date: April 19, 2012
Creator: Sherif, Miriam & Eve, Susan Brown
Description: Poster for the 2012 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and America's future.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Student Involvement and Self-authorship Among African American Undergraduate Students at a Stem-focused University

Student Involvement and Self-authorship Among African American Undergraduate Students at a Stem-focused University

Date: August 2014
Creator: McNulty McCoy, Netreia Z.
Description: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the association between student involvement and self-authorship among African American undergraduate students enrolled at a medium-sized, North Texas STEM-focused university. Self-identified African American undergraduate students at the university completed an online, researcher-developed survey focused on co-curricular involvement activities, degree of involvement in those activities, and perceived self-authorship indicators. From the completed survey pool (N = 49), 10 females and 5 males participated in follow-up focus group sessions. The survey data analysis was limited to descriptive statistics of student involvement and demographic data. Survey results showed that African American undergraduate students at the university were actively involved in co-curricular activities and generally satisfied with their involvement experiences. The focus groups provided a more in-depth picture of the involvement experiences showing that students believed that their commitment to co-curricular activities contributed significantly to their interpersonal and intrapersonal growth—characteristics of self-authorship. The survey and qualitative data combined suggested a positive association between the involvement of African American undergraduate students in co-curricular activities at the university and the development of self-authorship characteristics in those students. Findings from this study support the practice of intentional outreach to African American undergraduate students in order to promote their ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Transmedia STEM Intervention Book in Middle School for Educational Change

Transmedia STEM Intervention Book in Middle School for Educational Change

Date: May 2016
Creator: Stansell, Alicia Renee
Description: The world is becoming a global place in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics hold a key to a successful future. To help secure this future it is important to engage students early with relevant curriculum that sparks interest and success in STEM fields. However, education reform occurs slowly, so this paper looked at a potential paradigm that can help to bring about change in a middle school environment that harnesses the long standing strengths of learning and education with the integration of technology to create changes in the pedagogy of learners and teachers. The study implemented a transmedia STEM book and evaluated the impact it had on student perceptions of STEM, school attitude, academic achievement, and preferred activity types, providing an example vehicle for change that can be adopted over time. The main findings showed that students who used a 3-Dimensional printer had higher math achievement and a more positive perception of math.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries